Soups & Green Salads

Category: Soups & Green Salads

Summer Salad with Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette

Summer Salad with Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette- A fresh salad made of seasonal summer produce and a simple homemade honey balsamic vinaigrette that is bursting with flavor!
A fresh salad made with seasonal summer produce and a simple homemade honey balsamic vinaigrette that is bursting with flavor!

Its the 21st again, and that means it’s Recipe ReDux time! This month we were asked to share a recipe of a favorite kitchen staple that we make from scratch but used to purchase in the past. I immediately thought of how I now make a lot of my salad dressings from scratch. You wouldn’t believe how simple they are to throw together and taste so good!

One salad dressing that is a favorite in our house is this Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette. Simply whisk together some balsamic vinegar, olive oil, honey, soy sauce, ground mustard and viola you have a wonderful homemade dressing that is bursting with flavor. I love that when you make your own dressings, you can totally customize it to your preference/salad theme, and they don’t taste as overly sweet/heavy/sugary/salty like some bottled dressings can be. Not to mention, you typically have the ingredients in your kitchen already!

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Lemon and Fresh Herb Rice Salad

Lemon and Fresh Herb Rice Salad- Brown rice tossed with an easy homemade lemon dressing, fresh herbs, veggies and peanuts. It makes a light, flavorful and unique side dish that will surely be a crowd pleaser!
Brown rice tossed with an easy homemade lemon dressing, fresh herbs, veggies and peanuts. It makes a light, flavorful and unique side dish that will surely be a crowd pleaser!

“By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by USA Rice Federation and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.”

This light and flavorful Lemon and Fresh Herb Rice Salad is one of my favorite cold side dishes to make. It’s a perfect spring or summer salad to serve at your next party or potluck. I even enjoy just having a bowl for lunch.   

If you have an herb garden it is also a great way to use up some of your mint, basil and cilantro! I was so glad I was able to use up a bunch of our mint leaves. And not to mention all the citrus fruits my parents have been giving me from their trees.

I knew this recipe would be perfect to share for Recipe ReDux’s contest sponsored by the USA Rice Federation. In honor of March being National Nutrition Month, they are looking for nutritious and appetizing recipes made with U.S. grown rice.  U.S.-grown rice is easily found in most grocery stores and can be seen labeled as “Grown in the USA Rice” or shows the product origin as USA.

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Southwestern Cobb Salad with Chipotle Ranch Dressing

Southwestern Cobb Salad with Chipotle Ranch Dressing-A Mexican twist on a classic salad, spiced up with an easy homemade dressing. This salad is so colorful and bursting with flavor and nutrients.
A Mexican twist on a classic salad, spiced up with an easy homemade dressing. This salad is so colorful and bursting with flavor and nutrients.

This is by far one of the tastiest salads I have made.  I love southwestern flavors on just about anything! When I saw the Recipe ReDux theme for January is “Start Smoking in the New Year”, I knew I wanted to do another recipe using my beloved chipotle peppers   !  So here I bring you…Southwestern Cobb Salad with Chipotle Ranch Dressing!

Back in September I posted my Smoky Chipotle Sweet Potato Salad (click to check it out!) where I gave some tips on pureeing and freezing a whole batch of chipotle peppers for future use. Well to make this awesome Chipotle Ranch Dressing, all I had to do was grab a cube out of my frozen stash. Easy!

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Savory Butternut Squash Soup with Homemade Croutons

Savory Butternut Squash Soup with Homemade Croutons- The perfect bold and savory soup for fall time, and it’s so simple to make!  The croutons are the cherry on the cake ☺
The perfect bold and savory soup for fall time, and it’s so simple to make! The croutons are the cherry on the cake. ☺

What better way to start celebrating fall then enjoying a cozy bowl of Savory Butternut Squash Soup? And then top if off with the most amazing delicious homemade croutons! Yeah, I’m still pretending we’re having fall weather over here in Arizona (it’s still 100 degrees). But a girl can dream right? It was actually the perfect day for soup when I made this because we were having a cooler rainy day. Hence the light looking rainy-ish in my photos. Maybe it worked out in my favor though?

This soup has such an amazing flavor. With the onion, garlic, vegetables and herbs it has more of a bold and savory taste vs. a sweeter apple or pear butternut soup. Plus, the added chopped vegetables heighten the flavor and give it a little more texture.

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